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January 30 , 2005
Contact: Mary L. Wilson

Rawlins BLM Hosts Public Meetings First Week in February

The BLM’s Rawlins Field Office will host two public meetings to gather comments and give information about the Atlantic Rim Coalbed Natural Gas Development Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Seminoe Road Gas Development Draft EIS.

The Atlantic Rim Draft EIS public meeting will be held in Rawlins on Thurs., Feb. 2, at the Jeffrey Center. An Open House will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with the public hearing from 7 to 8 p.m. Written comments on the draft EIS will be accepted until Feb. 17.

Anadarko and the other operators indicated that a maximum of 1,800 coal bed natural gas and 200 conventional natural gas wells may be drilled in the Atlantic Rim project area. Drilling is expected to last for approximately 20 years, with a project lifespan of 30 to 50 years.

The meeting on the Seminoe Road proposal will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, with Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. and public hearing from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Jeffrey Center in Rawlins, Third and Spruce Streets.

The Seminoe Road proposal includes drilling and developing up to 1,240 wells, on up to 785 well pad sites spaced at approximately one well pad site every 160 acres. Associated facilities include roads, gas and water collection pipelines, compressor stations, water disposal systems, and a power supply system. A 30-to 40-year development and operation period is proposed. The comment period on the Seminoe Road Draft EIS has been extended a month, and will now conclude on Mar. 3.